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Natalie Portman’s Father’s Debut Novel Is a Fertility Thriller

Natalie Portman's father, fertility specialist Avner Hershlag, is shopping his debut novel around: Misconception, which Hershlag self-published in January 2010, is now "making the rounds of major houses." The book is a thriller that touches on politics, genetics, reproduction, and a little science fiction. It centers on Dr. Anya Krim, a fertility specialist herself, whose patients include the desperate-to-get-pregnant First Lady and a senator's comatose, inexplicably knocked-up daughter. Read an explicit excerpt here that includes a penis-and-testicle-measuring scene in the first few paragraphs. Also, there is dog cloning. Soon-to-be grandfathers write the darndest things. [NYO]

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